Mingus Mountain Academy Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
At Mingus Mountain Academy, we have continued to take steps to mitigate the risks of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priorities as we work diligently to address the cluster of cases on our campus. We continue to monitor the situation closely, and students with positive test results are currently in isolation and receiving the best care possible to manage symptoms and facilitate comfort. We wish them all a speedy recovery and are grateful that, to date, no one has experienced significant symptoms warranting outside medical attention. We are glad to report that each day, more students are recovering from COVID-19 and are able to resume their COVID-19 modified programming, therapy, and activities. Staff with positive test results are adhering to CDC guidance for excluding from work and must meet specific criteria before returning to campus.
We are very appreciative of the ongoing support of our county public health officials and Yavapai Regional Medical Center who are working hard to obtain and administer the tests for the virus, as well as the many other community and health partners who have donated PPE, medical supplies, and social distancing activities and games for our campus. As a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally at-risk adolescent girls, Mingus continues to follow all public health and CDC guidance for COVID-19 and encourages all students and employees to maintain social distancing protocols and proper utilization of PPE and hand hygiene across our campus. We also continue to keep families and referral partners informed and are committed to taking whatever steps necessary to prevent further spread of this virus at Mingus.
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What is Mingus Mountain Academy doing to prevent further risk of virus spread on its campus?
As a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally at-risk adolescent girls, Mingus continues to follow all public health and CDC guidance for COVID-19 and encourages all students and employees to maintain social distancing protocols across the campus. We also continue to keep our referral partners informed and are committed to taking whatever steps necessary to prevent further spread of this virus at Mingus.Since we learned of the first COVID+ student, we have taken countless measures to help mitigate the further spread of Coronavirus. Once the first student tested positive on 4/29, we started to isolate and group students based on diagnosis. At the time, even though most other students were asymptomatic, we worked with the Yavapai Regional Medical Center to test most of our students on campus over the next several days as a proactive safety measure for all those in our care. Testing was done based on tracing of initial COVID+ students and availability of tests at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. As we received testing results, we isolated and grouped students appropriately.
We continue to take all necessary health and safety measures on campus, including:
- We are deep-cleaning and sanitizing the facility.
- We temporarily postponed admissions beginning April 24, 2020.
- We are following strict infection control practices per the guidance of the CDC and local health authorities, including isolating COVID-19 positive students and employees in separate dorms from those who are virus-free.
- Employee temperatures are measured at the beginning of each shift by a designated staff member who has been properly trained.
- All employees are required to self-monitor for any of the symptoms AND to check their temperatures prior to reporting to work. It is mandatory that employees notify their immediate supervisors for the presence of any respiratory symptoms and/or temperatures greater than 100.4F and remain at home until proper return to work conditions are met.
- We are routinely screening all residents and clients to monitor any changes related to COVID-19.
- We are providing additional education to team members and clients about hygiene, preventative measures, social distancing, and protocols.
- We have increased the time allotted to students to make phone calls to family to allow students to stay close to their loved ones while visitors aren’t permitted on campus.
- We have procured PPE from a variety of sources and partners including the County Health Department, Department of Child Safety, the Administrative Office of the Courts, etc. Our partner health plans have also stepped up to support us with PPE and medical supplies.